Ignition Academy


Shaping tomorrow’s workforce starts today.

TSIBA  Ignition Academy is a development academy offering vocational certificates  and short business courses to meet the skills needs of their customers. The institution aims to prepare exceptional young people and emerging businesses to craft and own their tomorrow and reach their full potential.  It does this by providing an opportunity to boost skills that take careers and businesses to the next level or refresh vital skills to ensure employees stay at the top of their game.

TSIBA Academy’s high quality and customisable solutions will enhance the Skill Development and Enterprise and Supplier Development BEE scorecard elements for  organisations across all business sectors. These high-impact interventions closes skills gaps, encourages professional development and drives meaningful supply chain transformation.



Karien Cloete | CEO

Karien is the Chief Executive Officer of TSIBA Ignition Academy. Karien holds an Advanced Diploma in Labour Law, and has a wealth of experience in the Telecoms, Media, NGO and Recruitment sector.

David Polovin | Non-Executive Member

David is a practising attorney with a wealth of commercial legal experience. He has been a staunch supporter of TSIBA from inception.

Leigh Meinert | CEO TSIBA Business School

Leigh Meinert is one of the TSIBA co-founders and TSIBA MD (2006-2012, and 2018- ). She conceptualised TSIBA’s Leadership Curricula. Leigh holds a BA in Value and Policy Studies from Stellenbosch University and has a Masters in Higher Education Studies (University of Cape Town).


Orisha Ferndale | New Business Representative

Orisha holds the sales and account management portfolio in the Academy Orisha obtained a  Bachelor of Art in Media & Communication (Nelson Mandela University) and a Certificate in Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility from CHE (Netherlands).

Chloe Maurtin | Learnership Coordinator & Support

With more than 20 years’ experience as an educator,  and a passion for youth empowerment and development , Chloe applies competitive insights into learnership recruitment and work -placement management

Shameez Naidoo | Lead Catalyst

Shameez is responsible for implementing and overseeing the end-to-end delivery of projects and providing operational support to the team. Shameez holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a BEd Honours from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a Certificate in Business Analysis from Faculty Training Institute.

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